New pod-style personal care home brings the tiny home model to seniors’ lives – with one big difference –

A Pennsylvania operator is bringing the tiny house concept popular with retirement homes to senior living facilities.

Rosette, a single-family home in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, is similar to other small home living communities, such as those developed by the Green House Project, founder Therese Farrow Southwell told the The McKnight Business Daily. But there is a significant difference.

“There are similarities in the concept of family, yes. However, Rosette is actually located and zoned in a residential neighborhood, not just built to look like one,” she said. “The Fair Housing Act allows people with disabilities to live and receive care in a group setting, in a real home, and not be forced to travel to commercial areas of the city.”

The personal care home was updated and transformed into a fully licensed care community to house eight immobile or otherwise disabled seniors to live and receive assistance together as a group. Rosette is inspired by a “pod”-like senior living concept found on the West Coast.

Trained caregivers, including an on-site nurse, are expected to ensure the safety, well-being and engagement of residents. Rosette has also partnered with providers of palliative home care, palliative home care and mobile medical services.

The restored single family home is fully compatible with walkers and wheelchairs. The individual rooms each have a private ADA-compliant bathroom. Meals are prepared daily from scratch in a home kitchen, and residents can participate in the cooking process if they wish.

“Rosette feels like home because it’s a home,” Southwell said in a statement. “We specifically designed Rosette to recreate the family atmosphere in a peaceful and secure environment for families who struggle to find the right solution for their disabled loved ones. Nothing at Rosette is clinical or institutional.

In fact, staff members do not wear scrubs or name tags.

Rosette’s small-house model has an advantage over larger care communities, Southwell said, in that it can offer a four-to-one resident-to-patient-to-caregiver ratio.

“With just eight residents, our team can become more companions than just task-oriented caregivers,” she said.

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